What is retail consolidation?

The majority of today’s retail compliance programs have stringent on time, in full requirements to meet. Retail consolidation may be the answer to mitigating associated penalties in the retail industry. The most strategic retail consolidation programs start with a provider who can deliver:

  • High freight volumes and ability to scale with your business
  • Clear understanding of expectations and proven processes
  • Established relationships with well-known, large retailers
  • Network of vetted, high-quality carriers

 

Turn our experience working with the largest, most sophisticated shippers in the world into your retail consolidation success. Let us combine your orders with other suppliers shipping to the same retailers to create full, multi-vendor shipments that promote efficiency so you can meet requirements.

Retail consolidation definition

Retail consolidation combines orders from multiple suppliers into a single shipment for retailers.

How retail consolidation programs work

The key difference between freight consolidation and retail consolidation programs is the consistency it provides for all parties. Quality retail consolidation programs require clear alignment and collaboration across suppliers, the retail consolidator, and the retailer. Unlike traditional consolidation warehouses, retail distribution centers have different—often more stringent—requirements to meet. A quality retail consolidation program knows how to plan for these specific rules and procedures and will have standard processes in place to meet these requirements, from appointments to delivery expectations.

Retail consolidation models

Single supplier serves multiple retailers

Through our cross-customer consolidation programs, suppliers shipping LTL quantities to multiple retailers can improve truck utilization, delivery expectations, and retailer compliance.

Retail direct program

C.H. Robinson works directly with retailers on order level solutions. Leverage the volumes of multiple suppliers and the expertise of C.H. Robinson’s dedicated programs.

Lifecycle of a retail consolidation order

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  1. Supplier receives order, verifies stock, transmits order to consolidator

  2. Consolidator schedules pick up and delivery appointments

  3. Supplier completes order, carrier picks up according to a set transit schedule

  4. Order arrives and is verified at consolidator’s dock

  5. Consolidator scans, picks, and stages order with other like freight for outbound delivery

  6. Carrier picks up and completes transit for outbound delivery per agreed upon schedule

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Top 10 benefits of retail consolidation

Dig deeper into freight consolidation

Why use freight consolidation?

With an experienced freight consolidator like C.H. Robinson, you can clear your dock quickly, reduce claims and damages, and provide established pricing and transit times.

Trust your consolidation strategy to C.H. Robinson; we understand your unique business needs and can translate them into solutions that help increase efficiencies and improve speed of delivery.

Is retail consolidation right for you?

Handling ever-changing retailer requirements can be overwhelming. Maintaining compliance with these rules requires a strategic approach. Is retail consolidation the answer you need?

Global retailer shipping success

As Blue Ridge Product Solutions grew, so did the complexity of their supply chain. Like many fast-growing organizations, they required new, scalable supply chain processes to keep pace with other retail competitors.

Become a favored shipper with carriers

Iowa State University found that carriers do provide better pricing and service to their preferred shippers. Find out exactly what it takes to reap the benefits of favored shipper status.

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